The Chicago rapper Juice WRLD has died age 21, Illinois’ Cook County medical examiner’s office has confirmed.
After landing at Chicago’s Midway airport on Sunday morning local time, the musician, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure and began bleeding from the mouth, TMZ reports.
He was conscious when taken to hospital, but died a short time later. The cause of death is not yet known.
Distinguished by a sound that combined emo and trap, Juice WRLD broke out in 2018 with the single Lucid Dreams. The song sampled Shape of My Heart by Sting, who called it a “beautiful interpretation”. It peaked at No 2 on the US Billboard singles chart – the first of 25 hits featuring the rapper to make the chart in the space of two years.
He signed to Interscope after a remix of his song All Girls Are the Same became popular. His second solo album, this year’s Death Race for Love, topped the US albums chart.
rip juice. so sad how often this is happening lately to young talented rising artists. ?— nope (@LilNasX) December 8, 2019
Juice made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time. He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else. pic.twitter.com/DsVNGNaMZK— Interscope Records (@Interscope) December 8, 2019